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ACTLab TV Technology


ACTLab TV is based on three open source technologies developed by the Foundation for Decentralization Research:

-Alluvium Core-

-Alluvium Media Player-

-Alluvium Media Server-

Alluvium Core

ACTLab TV is powered by peer-to-peer media streaming software called Alluvium. The Alluvium Core leverages the power of Swarmcast's distributed download acceleration to provide high resolution video and audio streams while reducing the bandwidth needed to host a stream. Alluvium can be thought of as BitTorrent for streams. Unlike other peer-to-peer download software, Alluvium is streaming. There's no waiting for the file to download. Click an Alluvium link and the video starts playing immediately. Additionally, Alluvium requires less bandwidth and scales to more simultaneous users than any other streaming technology.

Alluvium Media Player

The Alluvium media player has been built from the ground up to provide flawless playback of all video and audio files commonly found on the Internet. It uses native plugins on each platform so as to be easily extensible to future formats. Unlike most open source video players, it provides gapless playback between files, smooth resizing of the video window, flawless hardware accelerated fullscreen playback, and native widgets on all major platforms.

Alluvium Media Server

Alluvium streams media files from any standard web server. The only additional requirement is an Alluvium playlist file, which contains a schedule of when each file should be played. Alluvium playlists are in an open format based on RSS. Unlike other RSS playlist formats, Alluvium playlists automatically synchronize all clients to the same file, creating optimal bandwidth efficiency through swarming downloads.


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